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Emotional Jealousy Scale

Do you ever feel a tinge of insecurity when you see your partner with someone else? Take this test to find out if you suffer from 'emotional jealousy.'

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | February 07, 2024

Emotional jealousy lies at the heart of human relationships, reflecting the deep-seated emotions and reactions individuals experience in response to perceived threats to their romantic connections. Unlike cognitive or behavioral jealousy, emotional jealousy primarily involves intense feelings–such as hurt, betrayal or fear of loss. It stems from a profound attachment to one's partner and a desire to protect the bond shared between them.

Identifying and measuring symptoms of emotional jealousy is essential due to its profound impact on relationship satisfaction and individual well-being. In excess, emotional jealousy can lead to increased distress, conflicts and even breakups. Recognizing the signs of emotional jealousy allows for targeted interventions to address underlying insecurities and foster healthier emotional regulation within relationships.

The emotional dimension of the Multidimensional Jealousy Scale is effective in assessing and understanding jealous feelings. By measuring the intensity and frequency of emotions associated with jealousy, this scale allows for tailored interventions aimed at promoting emotional well-being and fostering more secure attachment styles within romantic relationships.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Consider how you would feel in reaction to the following situations on a scale from “Very Pleased” to “Very Upset”:

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Pfeiffer, S. M. & Wong, P. T. P. (1989). Multidimensional jealousy. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 6(2). 181-196. doi:10.1177/026540758900600203

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